The flavor of this yummy, small version of a zucchini fritter reminds me of sour cream and onion potato chips. Not only is this a great new way to use up extra zucchini, it’s really delicious. Imagine hot and crispy little zucchini cakes fresh from the pan, topped with sour cream and chives. Yum!

Sour Cream & Onion Zucchini Cakes

(This recipe is from my first book, The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen and is shown here with another recipe from the book, Tangy Cucumber Cups).

2 cups grated zucchini (about 3 medium zucchini)

1 large egg, lightly beaten

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus 1/2 cup for coating cakes

3/4 cup Japanese style panko bread crumbs

1/4 cup finely diced onion

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Vegetable oil, for frying

Sour cream, for serving (about 1/2 cup)

Chopped fresh chives, for garnish

Place the grated zucchini on a paper towel-lined plate and let sit for an hour; occasionally change the paper towel.

With your hands, transfer the zucchini to a medium-size bowl, tightly squeezing as you do so to remove as much liquid as possible. Add the egg, the 2 tablespoons flour, bread crumbs, onion, salt, and pepper; mix to combine.

Place the remaining 1/2 cup flour on a plate. Add enough oil to a medium-size skillet to be 1/8-inch deep; heat over meium-high heat until hot. Meanwhile, formthe zucchini mixture into tiny (2-inch) bite-sized cakes. Working in three batches, pat each side of each cake in the flour and place in the hot skillet. Fry on each side until golden brown – 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Arrange the cakes on a serving plate, top each with a dollop of sour cream, and sprinkle with chives. Serve warm.


Images: John Granen, from my book: The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen. To purchase, click here.


Stay-at-home mom, Serena Thompson, dreamed of creating a fun and happy little event to sell her vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, she and some friends held the first event in her neighbor’s barn. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today the event fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces filled with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best vintage & handmade fair in the country. Serena describes it as the happiest on earth.